Two points do not make a trend, but it is worth noting that the town halls hosted by U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum and Chip Cravaack last night were civil. To add to the warm and fuzzy feeling of civil discourse, these meetings were happening as our neighbors across the river were breaking voter turnout records.
In a Deer River cafeteria, Cravaack helped to set the tone. MPR’s Dan Kraker reports the congressman “told the crowd he has bucked his Republican Party to support labor unions. He also struck a bipartisan note by acknowledging that Republicans are equally to blame for the country’s debt crisis.”
Cravaack “warned that almost half of what the government spends is borrowed, and almost half of what is borrowed is borrowed from foreign governments. But he continued to argue that taxes should not be raised to help balance the budget,” wrote the Duluth News Tribune.
The Pioneer Press covered the McCollum meeting: “The crowd of about 150 was largely friendly and civil to the Democratic representative, but they were passionate about their opposition to the conservative policies flowing from the Republican-controlled Congress and what they consider an all-too-conciliatory White House.”
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